Gail Archer on Friday's Bach Hour!

The director of the Barnard College Music Department and the Barnard-Columbia Chorus, Gail Archer is particularly famous as an organist. Tune in to Friday's Bach Hour for an exclusive interview on her recording of the Great 18 Chorale Preludes, as well as for her upcoming appearance leading the Barnard-Columbia Chorus in the St. Matthew Passion.

Fri, 10 Apr 2015, 4:30pm to 6:00pm

The Music of Robert Ashley on Thursday's Cereal Music!

Last year, the late Robert Ashley's final opera Crash premiered to sold-out houses and rave reviews at the Whitney Biennial. Audiences will have another chance to see the opera when it returns to Roulette next week. Tune in to Thursday's Cereal Music to hear Mimi Johnson, Ashley's wife, and members of the cast come discuss this fascinating, final work. Stepan Atamian hosts.

Thu, 9 Apr 2015, 9:30am to 12:00pm

Dr. Farah Jasmine Griffin on Lady Day

Tune in on Wednesday, April 8 at 8PM for an interview with writer and educator Dr. Farah Jasmine Griffin, author of If You Can't Be Free, Be A Mystery: In Search of Billie Holiday (2002), as part of WKCR's weeklong Billie Holiday Centennial Festival. Dr. Griffin will be a part of "When the Moon Turns Green: The Myth and Music of Billie Holiday", a panel discussion with other Lady scholars Dr.

Wed, 8 Apr 2015, 8:00pm to 10:00pm

Christine Correa on Lady Day

Tune in tonight at 8PM for an interview with vocalist and educator Christine Correa on the lasting influence of Lady Day as part of WKCR's weeklong Billie Holiday Centennial Festival. As an avant-garde jazz vocalist, Christine has studied, performed and recorded with Steve Lacy, Ran Blake, John LaPorta, and Jeanne Lee, among others, and has appeared at numerous festivals and clubs in the US, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and India.

Mon, 6 Apr 2015, 8:00pm to 9:00pm

Parsifal on Saturday Night At The Opera for Easter Weekend

Tune in to Saturday Night At The Opera for our annual Parsifal broadcast over Easter weekend. In many ways, Parsifal is Richard Wagner's true magnum opus, a final work that represents the culmination of his entire operatic career. This year, we will be playing Rafael Kubelik's often overlooked 1980 recording that features the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra & Chorus.

Sat, 4 Apr 2015, 9:00pm to Sun, 5 Apr 2015, 2:00am

Nate Smith on the Musician's Show

Tune in Wednesday evening from 6-9 PM to hear this week's edition of the Musician's Show, where we will be joined by drummer, composer, songwriter, and producer Nate Smith. Smith was born and raised in Chesapeake, Virginia and came to the drum set at age 11. He was recruited by jazz vocalist Betty Carter to be a part of her Jazz Ahead program, alumni of which include Jason Moran, Cyrus Chestnut, and Jacky Terrasson. While attending graduate school at Virginia Commonwealth University as a member of the Carpenter Fellowship Program, he met jazz bassist and composer Dave Holland.

Wed, 1 Apr 2015, 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Robert Parks guests on Saturday Night at the Opera

Tune in Saturday for WKCR's guest, Robert Parks, who will present a selection of recordings related to the 150th anniversary of the premiere of Wagner's Tristan und Isolde -- comparing landmark performances, including the Liebestod in Italian and French; looking at possible influences on Wagner, some passages in Liszt piano music and songs and the very long-phrased finale to Bellini’s Norma, which Wagner conducted when he was a young man; and noting its influence on other composers, including Liszt’s piano transcription of

Sat, 28 Mar 2015, 9:00pm to Sun, 29 Mar 2015, 1:00am

Musician's Show with Miles Okazaki

Tune in Wednesday evening from 6-9 PM to hear this week's edition of the Musician's Show, where we will be joined by guitarist, composer, educator, and theorist Miles Okazaki. Okazaki grew up in Port Townsend, Washington, and at a young age, developed an interest in music and, in particular, playing guitar. He was first exposed to recordings of Charlie Christian at age 12, and was inspired to learn to improvise.

Wed, 25 Mar 2015, 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Billie Holiday Centennial Festival

Tuesday, April 7th, marks the 100th birthday anniversary of the one and only Billie Holiday. We'll be celebrating this milestone with a weeklong centennial broadcast in Lady Day’s honor, featuring her entire 1933-1959 discography, as well as on-air interviews with musicians and scholars. WKCR has a precedent of commemorating Holiday and her incredibly important contributions to vocal jazz, jazz as a whole, and Black music in our annual birthday broadcast schedule and in a special 360-hour Billie Holiday Festival that aired in 2005.

Sun, 5 Apr 2015, 2:00pm to Fri, 10 Apr 2015, 9:00pm

Rudresh Mahanthappa on the Musician's Show

Tune in Wednesday evening from 6-9 PM to hear this week's edition of the Musician's Show, where we will be joined by Rudresh Mahanthappa, an alto saxophonist and composer who masterfully and inventively fuses jazz with Carnatic music. He has been named saxophonist of the year multiple times in Downbeat’s International Critics Polls, Jazztimes’ Critics Polls and by the Jazz Journalists’ Association, and he is the recipient of a Doris Duke Performing Artist Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and two New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships.

Wed, 18 Mar 2015, 6:00pm to 9:00pm

ETHEL on Live Constructions

Tune in to Live Constructions on Sunday, March 15th, from 10-11 pm for an exclusive interview with members of the string quartet ETHEL. The show will feature an hour-long in-studio interview with Ralph Farris and Corin Lee from ETHEL and recordings from throughout their career. ETHEL are performing with guitarist Kaki King and composer/guitarist/violinist John King at Merkin Concert Hall this Saturday, March 21st at 7:30 pm.
Sun, 15 Mar 2015, 10:00pm to 11:00pm

The Fiery Angel on Saturday Night At The Opera!

Elektra, Lady Macbeth, and Isolde are the roles one would normally associate with the term "vocally punishing." None of these, however, compare to Renate in Sergei Prokofiev's masterpiece, The Fiery Angel. Tune in to Saturday Night At The Opera on Saturday March 14th to hear this little known opera in its first Russian studio recording. Neeme Järvi conducts a cast that includes a young Bryn Terfel, Kurt Moll, and a fearless Nadine Secunde. Stepan Atamian hosts.
Sat, 14 Mar 2015, 9:00pm to Sun, 15 Mar 2015, 1:00am

Samarth Nagarkar on Raag Aur Taal

Music lovers in New York and around the world- Tune in to WKCR 89.9 FM-NY at 7PM, Sunday March 8. Samarth Nagarkar has been invited as a guest to a special show, Raag Aur Taal, on the radio channel. An interview in which he will be speaking of his musical journey so far and sharing great music of legendary masters who have influenced his musical growth.
Sun, 8 Mar 2015, 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Magic on Guitars on In All Languages

You already know what wonderful music one guitar can make, what about two guitars? Tune in this Sunday March 8th at 11 pm to "In All Languages" for a journey through music full of stories and passion made by Depapepe, a Japanese acoustic guitar duo. They have had successful concerts in Japan, Indonesia, and Thailand. They also performed at Java Jazz Festival in 2012 in Indonesia.
Sun, 8 Mar 2015, 11:00pm to Mon, 9 Mar 2015, 2:00am

Bix Beiderbecke Birthday Broadcast: Tuesday, March 10

Cornetist, pianist, and composer Leon “Bix” Beiderbecke was one of the great musical innovators to emerge in the 1920s. One of jazz’s earliest soloists, he is of enduring importance to the dynamic history of jazz. This Monday, WKCR will dedicate 24 hours of programming to Bix in honor of his 112th birthday anniversary. Young Bix taught himself to play cornet, listening to his brother’s Victrola phonograph and records of the Original Dixieland Jazz Band.

Tue, 10 Mar 2015, 12:00am to 11:59pm

Ornette Coleman Birthday Broadcast: Monday, March 9

Tune in to WKCR as we dedicate a full day of programming to the celebration of the 85th birthday of Ornette Coleman! Ornette Coleman is and has been pursuing the untouched horizons in music since the beginning of his career. Emerging from the Texas blues tradition (all of his music has the gutbucket wail of the blues in there somewhere), Ornette took L.A. and then New York City by storm with his visionary quartet in the late 1950s. His revolutionary concept placed melody, not harmony, at the center of improvisation. That's the key to really hearing Ornette--it's all in the melodies.

Mon, 9 Mar 2015, 12:00am to 11:59pm

Christian Wolff on Afternoon Classical!

Join us in a conversation with Christian Wolff, Robyn Schulkowsky, and Joey Baron
as they discuss their upcoming concert of Wolff’s music celebrating his 80th birthday
at Roulette. Although perhaps best known for his work with the New York school of
the 1950s, where he composed alongside the likes of John Cage, Morten Feldman
and Earle Brown, Wolff’s music has transcended traditional musical boundaries to
become at once timeless, relevant, political, and, above all else, human. Listen to the

Thu, 5 Mar 2015, 3:00pm to 6:00pm

Jazz Profiles - Herman Chittison

Join us from 2 to 7pm Sunday, March 8 for an in-depth profile on pianist Herman Chittison, Hosted by Charles Iselin. Though he never achieved widespread fame, Chittison was a unique and masterful pianist of the Swing era, famed for his talent as a vocal accompanist. A native of Kentucky, born in 1908, Chittison had his first break as a musician when he joined Zack Whyte’s Band, but his career took a significant leap when he joined Willie Lewis on his 1934 tour of Europe.

Sun, 8 Mar 2015, 2:00pm to 7:00pm

Offenbach's La Belle Hélène on SNO!

Though best known for Les Contes d'Hoffmann, Offenbach first rose to fame with a string of blockbuster operettas. Tune in to Saturday Night At The Opera to hear hisBelle Hélène, a delirious parody of the Trojan War. Marc Minkowski leads his Musiciens du Louvre with an all-star cast including Michel Sénéchal, Laurent Naouri, and Felicity Lott in the title role. Stepan Atamian hosts.
Sat, 28 Feb 2015, 9:00pm to Sun, 1 Mar 2015, 1:00am

Reference for issues with MP3 Streaming

The WKCR board is happy to announce that our MP3 stream is up and running again! Thank you for your patience while we were updating our equipment! Please note that our website domain has been changed so streaming on an old link will no longer work. Please re-download the stream or click the link at the top of the page.

Thu, 5 Mar 2015, 1:00am to Tue, 10 Mar 2015, 7:30pm

Curtis Nowosad on the Musician's Show

Tune in Wednesday evening from 6-9 PM to hear this week's edition of the Musician's Show, where we will be joined by drummer, composer, arranger, and educator Curtis Nowosad. A Winnipeg native, Nowosad currently resides in New York City, and has performed at some of the city's best venues, including Smalls, Smoke, and Dizzy's Club Coca Cola, as well as jazz festivals in Canada, including Ottawa Jazz Festival and the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal.

Wed, 25 Feb 2015, 6:00pm to 9:00pm


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